JQH Continues Mr. John Q. Hammons’ Legacy of Giving Back as Heart of Business

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – January 9, 2017 – John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that the company was recently honored with Marriott International, Inc.’s 2016 Spirit to Serve Award during the MINA and Full Service Owners Conference. The world’s largest hotel company recognized JQH’s serving in the community, which aligns with Marriott’s initiatives of: employee volunteerism, in-kind and cash donations, non-profit organizations supported, and community activities and partnerships. Springfield, Missouri-based JQH is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

Marriott noted JQH’s efforts to make a significant impact on the lives of children and families in the United States and abroad through JQH’s national philanthropic partnership with Convoy of Hope (COH), an international relief organization. Through JQH’s Legacy of Giving cause with Convoy of Hope, an average of 562 children per month have been fed and supported since the partnership began in August of 2015. In addition, since August of 2015, enough funding has been provided to Convoy of Hope to deliver more than $1,000,000 worth of goods and services, including groceries, health screenings, hot meals and career service training, to children and families in need through COH community events.

Marriott also commended JQH for the company’s successful participation in Project SEARCH, a nine-month school-to-work program for students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participating JQH hotels assisted more than 100 high school students in the Project SEARCH program with acquiring competitive, marketable and transferrable skills to enable them to apply for their desired field of employment.

“Mr. Hammons set community service as an operating pillar of JQH more than 50 years ago, and the spirit of giving continues to thrive at the company,” said Joe Morrissey, JQH’s senior vice president of operations. “We feel honored to be recognized as Marriott International’s Spirit to Serve Award recipient and look forward to continuing to support our local and global communities in diverse ways.”

Marriott International recognized JQH with the Spirit to Preserve Award in 2015 and 2013 for continuing to show support and focus on sustainability practices.

About Marriott International, Inc.
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About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.